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Spanish improve agchem residue detection in water

Spanish scientists have developed a “novel, quicker, simpler and cheaper” way of detecting and quantifying the presence of pesticide residues in water, Spanish media report. A team from the Polytechnic University of Valencia’s research institute for integrated management of costal areas has developed a detection system employing chemilunescence. It detects and quantifies residues of pesticides used on citrus fruits in shallow and deep water courses, the researchers say. The method allows “a [more] economical use of instruments within the reach of any laboratory [than previous systems]”, researcher Monica Catala reportedly says. The team rates the system as robust, easily transportable, and adaptable to operator needs. It also allows the processing of a large number of samples in a short time period.

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